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Careers in Public Policy

SPP Alumnus Jason Pates - Pepperdine University

JASON PATES

Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton
McLean, Virginia

MPP, Pepperdine University, 1999
Double Specialization: Economics and International Relations

BA, Economics,
Pepperdine University, 1995

I had some apprehension heading into a public policy graduate program, fearing that I would be narrowing my future career trajectory to include only public-sector positions. I can now say from experience that earning a master of public policy degree at Pepperdine can lead to terrific career opportunities in all employment sectors. Course work in applied economics and public finance greatly contributed to my success in the Presidential Management Fellowship assessment process and a job with the U.S. Treasury Department.

The degree paid further dividends in my work as a management consultant, where Pepperdine's use of case studies and emphasis on teamwork were great preparation for problem-solving sessions with leadership at Verizon Communications as well as the Department of Defense. Public policy means more than just civil service, and I am pleased to report the versatility of the master of public policy degree extends beyond what I anticipated.